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August 1957

Editorial AnnouncementEvolution of Modern Medicine

AMA Arch Intern Med. 1957;100(2):177-179. doi:10.1001/archinte.1957.00260080003001

The Editors of the Archives propose to publish from time to time, perhaps monthly, articles under the special heading of "Evolution of Modern Medicine." However, these articles will deal not with current advances but rather with the progress which has led up to the present knowledge of disease. The thought lying behind this project is the following. In this day of fabulous advances in medicine, of vast output of medical literature which the average reader cannot begin to keep up with, in this era of intensive specialization, doctors are becoming more and more detached from their medical past. To many the "older literature" is that of only ten years ago; the younger men now hardly know the names of Banting, of Minot, and of Thomas Lewis. In brief, we are in danger, medically speaking, of reverting to a Dark Age. It is not the Editors' idea that the projected section

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